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Cambodia’s migrant workers COVID-19 cluster infections increases rapidly to 41 with 13 new infections, tally now 411

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Cambodia registered an alarming 13 cases of COVID-19 positive cases yesterday.

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In an announcement by the health ministry made this morning, it was revealed that that of the 13, migrant workers comprised eight while five were imported cases who entered Cambodia via Phnom Penh International airport.

The eight migrant workers cluster cases now brings that total to 41, equaling the November 28 Community Incident which forced schools and many other places to be shuttered.

Those who tested positive are a 22-year-old woman, a 38-year-old woman, both from Sen Sok commune, Kralanh district, Siem Reap province and had arrived in Cambodia on 11 January, 2021, a 29-year-old woman from Sangkat Poipet, Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey Province, a 22-year-old man, a 23-year-old woman, a 23-year-old man, a 26-year-old woman, all of whom are from Sangkat Phsar Kandal, Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey Province and who arrived in Cambodia on 11 January, 2021.

They are currently being treated at Banteay Meanchey Provincial Referral Hospital.

The last case involves a 36-year-old woman from Boeung Reang Commune, Kamrieng District, Battambang Province and who had returned traveled from Thailand to Cambodia on 31 December, 2020. The results of the second test on January 13 turned out positive.

She is currently being treated at the Battambang Provincial Referral Hospital.

The imported cases involves a 36-year-old Cambodian woman, a 17-year-old Cambodian woman, both from Sangkat Poipet, Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey Province, a passenger from the United States via Singapore to Cambodia on 12, January, 2021, a 34-year-old Indonesian man, who flew into Cambodia from Indonesia via Singapore on 12 January, 2021, a 33-year-old Indonesian woman, a passenger from Indonesia via Singapore to Cambodia on the same date.

There were a total of 48 passengers on the flight, of whom four have been tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently admitted to the National Center for Tuberculosis and Hepatitis Control in Phnom Penh
The 4 were on the same flight with 48 passengers on board, including them. Forty-four passengers with a negative test results will be screened for 14 days at various hotels in Phnom Penh.

The 13th case, also imported, involves a 28-year-old Japanese male who flew in via South Korea to Cambodia and arrived on 12 January, 2021.

The total 411 confirmed cases include 285 Cambodians, 45 French, 18 Chinese, 13 Malaysians, 12 Americans, 12 Indonesians, 6 British, 3 Vietnamese, 3 Canadians, 3 Indians, 2 Hungarians, 2 Pakistanis, 1 Belgian, 1 Kazakhstani, 1 Polish, 1 Jordanian, and 2 Japanese.

Of them, 41 are Cambodian migrant workers from Thailand.

The ministry also reported that a total of 377 patients have been successfully treated while 34 are still hospitalised.

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